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The River
The River: A Novel | Rumer Godden
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Facing harsh adult realities, a young English girl in India must leave childhood behind, in this masterful tale from a New York Timesbestselling author. The Ganges River runs through young Harriets world. The eleven-year-old daughter of the British owner of a successful jute concern, she loves her life in Bengal, India, on the rivers edge, so far removed from the English boarding school she attended before the outbreak of hostilities in Europe. Often left alone by an overworked father and preoccupied mother, Harriet is enchanted by the local festivals, colors, and vibrant life surrounding her. Now, as she stands on the brink of adulthoodtoo old to play childish games with her reckless little brother, Bogey, yet too young to be touched by such grown-up concerns as the faraway Second World Wara strangers unexpected arrival will rock her world. When Captain John, a handsome soldier returning wounded from the battlefield, becomes her familys new neighbor, Harriet is instantly entranced, beset by a rush of unfamiliar emotions: longing, jealousy, infatuation. But the inevitable change inherent in growing older may be too heavy a burden for a young girl to bear when it carries with it disappointment and heartbreaking loss. Inspired by the authors personal experiences as a child raised in Indiaand the basis for the acclaimed classic motion picture of the same name from French film director Jean RenoirRumer Goddens The River is a lovely, moving portrayal of childhoods end. Evocative, heartfelt, and bittersweet, it is a coming-of-age story without equal from a major twentieth-century novelist. This ebook features an illustrated biography of the author including rare images from the Rumer Godden Literary Estate.
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The River: A Novel | Rumer Godden
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Another one for #theriver. An evocative, bittersweet book about a young English girl growing up in India on the banks of the Ganges River. I didn't love this one as much as Thursday's Children and The Greengage Summer, but it's still a gorgeous, meditative book. The Renoir film adaptation is also lovely and quite astounding for the fact that it was made in the late 40s and those scenes must have taken considerable time and care. #rockinmay

Cinfhen Gorgeous cover 😍book sounds fascinating 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Love the movie. 3y
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